Transgender Soldiers Appear At MTV Awards [VIDEO]

Yahoo News reports:

MTV is sending a message to Donald Trump. Two days after President Trump signed a directive reinstating a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, the network invited a group of transgender military men and women to the Video Music Awards.

Airman Sterling James Crutcher, Air Force Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland, Army Capt. Jennifer Peace, Navy corpsman Akira Wyatt, and veterans Laila Ireland and Brynn Tannehill all walked the carpet on Sunday afternoon. The president and CEO of GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis, attended as well.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, our nation is only safe if we have the best and brightest in our country serving in the military,” Peace said on the carpet, according to People. “There was a time when blacks couldn’t serve, women couldn’t serve, where gays and lesbians couldn’t serve, and there was a time when trans people couldn’t serve.”

  • djcoastermark

    Good on MTV. Good on our Trans Service Members. Nice little interview.

    • DonnaLee

      The Republicans just get further and further away from young people, and I predict the 2018 election will sweep many established politicians out…if they VOTE!

  • Tawreos

    It is good to see this, but is MTV going to reach the people that make decisions?

    • Bluto

      No it will not but we all know fuckwads & friends will never do something like this, it’s too moral. However it adds to the chorus of outrage that may be heard.

    • Rambie

      Probably not this generation, but cementing in the minds of those under 30-ish who would be watching is still a worthy cause and a good thing.

    • OdieDenCO

      every voice raised in opposition to hate has meaning. every voice raised in opposition will make a difference somewhere somehow. in time the voices of opposition will overwhelm the bleat of hate

      • fuow

        Not if we don’t vote, it won’t.

    • fuow

      Voting would reach those people…it’s reaching out and touching in a very special way. That’s why Texass is trying so hard to prevent black and brown people from voting.

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      It’s too bad that age group doesn’t vote in large numbers.

    • CottonBlimp

      Short term, of course not. The average age of their viewers is like 14. But long term, this is a big deal. We’re gonna be entering an age where kids won’t even remember transphobia being a mainstream thing.

      Someone pointed out to me, the kids now don’t remember the homophobia of the Bush years or the pre-Windsor Democratic party’s capitulation to homophobia. All they remember is that the White House used to be lit up with rainbow lights and then suddenly that stopped. They see the current homophobia of the GOP as an aberration of what’s normal, and that’s big.

  • Bluto

    The draft dodger in charge telling people who want to serve honorably that they cannot.

  • AtticusP

    Meanwhile, the “President” with 5 deferments under his belt tells people who are superior to him in every way that they cannot serve their country.

    Shame on him.

    • Todd20036

      Fuck the transgendered soldier.

      Just. Fuck. Him.


      Gods he’s hot!

      You can have the cheesy Dom DeLouise impersonator.

      • JCF

        Sun’s out, guns out! [Damn, those ‘ceps. I mean, ‘T’ helps, but DAMN, dude!]

    • ArchiLaw

      Unless I’m mistaken, the gentleman on the right is the same guy who introduced himself as Sergeant Ireland on stage. Keep fighting, Airman!

  • JustDucky

    “This man is a disgrace. I’ve tried to keep politics out of my social media feed as much as possible, but this is inexcusable. This veteran says to sit down and shut the fuck up, you know-nothing, never-served piece of shit. #itmfa #wtf”
    — Jennifer Detleftson, veteran Navy special operations diver and daughter of President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

    • JCF

      Text Message: “Daddy, RESIGN, or my next ‘politics in my social media feed’ Tweet will be AT YOU. Join me in #ITMFA. Your tough-loving daughter, Jennifer”

      I live in hope.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    The right’s meme that OMG they will join the military to get free surgery! So fucking what? How many join the military for a free education and to get out of small town dying hellholes? If the chance for medical care is an inducement to join our volunteer military, good!

    • I’ve seen posters for the Army offering free education and a $40,000 signing bonus — and of course, service members all get free medical care — for life.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        And boner pills. Don’t forget the boner pills. Millions and millions of dollars in boner pills. But god forbid someone born into the wrong body gets necessary medical care. Did I mention boner pills?

    • narutomania

      Agreed, Skokieguy.

      In the past, the government has also offered U.S. citizenship as an enticement to new recruits.

  • narutomania

    Uhhh …. SSgt Ireland is a fucking hunk and a half !!! Holy Hunkaroos, Batman !

    And the Presidunce wants to keep these amazing and dedicated soldiers from serving their country?

    But he (and all other republikkkans) expect them still to pay their taxes, right? They can pay taxes and do menial shit, but lets not allow them to serve their country in a very selfless and honorable way.

    Oh, I see it now. Drumpf does not understand the words “selfless” and “honorable” so he cannot see what they are doing.

  • Michael

    Wow there are so many good looking trans men its unreal.

  • NowVoyager

    Old Rules: Barack Obama (pictured with trans veteran Laila Ireland, right) changed longstanding policy, declaring that troops could serve openly as transgender individuals. New Rules: Now that draft-dodging “Hair Furor” is in charge, bigotry and discrimination in the military (as well as in American society at large) is encouraged and back in style. Prejudice is unAmerican, but then what else would you expect from a Russian Dictator-loving Stooge like tRump?

  • fuow

    “It doesn’t matter who you are, our nation is only safe if we have the best and brightest in our country serving in the military,” Peace said.
    End Quote.
    And that, my dears is all that matters. By not voting, by voting ‘Green’ to protest, we really screwed ourselves over big time. This is not the only bad thing coming our way – if we lose a moderate Justice (or the only liberal) we are done for generations.
    Also – the christers are only TWO STATES away from being able to call a constitutional convention. Wanna bet what will be one of the rewrites? It’s not going to be another president at Mt. Rushmore……..

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    Hey, Staff Sgt. Ireland… How you doin’ ?!

    • Todd20036

      HE’S MINE!!!
      Don’t make me put down my purse!

    • JCF

      If he’s made to use the women’s restroom, the ladies’ll be on him like bitches in heat! ;-D

      [To be clear: the former would be HEINOUS.]

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    • AmeriCanadian

      I enjoy seeing Ms. Jenner get knocked down a few pegs. Welcome to the REAL reality show baby, where there’s no script and no director.

    • JCF


  • Galvestonian

    What is so cool is that the trans service members look just so ordinary – no horns, no warts, no fangs, no horrible disfigurement or anything else. They’re just people – good people.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]
  • Mordred LeFey

    Is it propoganda that trans people tend to be ugly? Because the people in this photo look amazing.

  • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen